Ecclesiastes 5:19 in the NLT reads, “It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life, this is indeed a gift from God.”
During our years of having the awesome privilege of leading the ministry of CRA Ministries, Int’l, we have seen, and become acquainted with those who have been blessed to have incredible street rods, muscle cars, top-fuel cars, as well as untold number of ‘door slammers!’ At the same time, we have encountered more than we care to count, of individuals who have never owned any of the above mentioned, while others have only had one or have never had a new car in their entire life, and yet are grateful they have a car of any type to get around in.
At the same time we have also met more couples than we like to think about who have never been able to own their own home…however they too are thankful they have a comfortable home to rent.
Then there are others who have enjoyed a lifetime of good health, rarely getting a cold or a stomachache, while others have had to struggle to buy the basic medication. And what about when it comes to eating out! For many, a nice night taking your spouse to a ‘restaurant’ would be to Wendy’s, Taco Bell, or KFC. As for others, their night out could be Fleming’s, Ruth’s Chris, or P.F. Chang’s. When it comes to vacations, some are blessed to afford incredible vacations to not only destinations in the U.S. but abroad as well. Yet, many of these, at the same time, complain when a flight is delayed, the food was too cold, or the bed in the hotel was uncomfortable.
How about when it comes to a family member…a son, a daughter, or perhaps you’re the son or daughter who remain blessed to still have a mother and dad alive on earth, yet, have had (or made little attempt) to have contact with them for years! For all, whatever we have been blessed with, we should see as a gift from God, and give Him thanks for it all. Anything less make us ungrateful and simply foolish with the blessings of life God has given.
This morning I saw on Facebook this quote someone had posted that tied in with this CRA Moment. See what you think! “Call your Mom, call your Dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent, call them! Don’t text! Don’t e-mail! Call them on the phone! Tell them you love them, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”
Someone once said, “If you wouldn’t throw out a million dollars, don’t let go of the invaluable relationships with your family. If you would not toss away an expensive, piece of jewelry, don’t let the gifts of health, provision, family members, go to waste. Enjoy every moment and every blessing. There is enough suffering in the world; we need not add more by throwing away the wondrous gifts God has given.”
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie